On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Karl E. Gillespie of Franklin, North Carolina, was formally sworn into the North Carolina House of Representatives. Representative Gillespie will begin his second term in the North Carolina House and represent the 120th House District which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, and Macon Counties. Accompanying Rep. Gillespie for the opening day ceremony in Raleigh was his wife, Janet.
“I am very excited to get started on my second term in the North Carolina House of Representatives,” stated Rep. Gillespie. “I will continue to advocate and work tirelessly for the mountain values of Western North Carolina while in Raleigh. I am incredibly thankful for the support of my family and friends, and grateful to the constituents of House District 120 for their belief in me. To my constituents, I promise that I will continue to be a responsive and accessible representative, and I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that you may have. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the North Carolina General Assembly. It is truly the honor of a lifetime.”
In his first term in office, Rep. Gillespie helped to secure historic funding for House District 120. Overall, $43 million in direct funding for the district was secured over the biennium. These appropriations will improve local infrastructure, and emergency response, and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for the region.
The official start of the 2023-2024 legislative biennium began when the House and Senate convened in Raleigh on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023, for the opening ceremonies. Under North Carolina law, the state legislature must then adjourn for two weeks before beginning official legislative business.